SBVK Meets Christine Raimer

Christine is no stranger to going the distance. She’s the president of the Santa Barbara Triathlon Club. When her runs aren’t in conjunction with biking and swimming, she hits the trails. When she isn’t running, you’ll still find her in the mountains hiking and backpacking.

Christine completed the SBVK on Sunday and even enjoyed some pizza at the top that she hauled up. She is our first giveaway winner and will receive a pair of On Running Cloudventure Peak Running shoes.

You’re an Ironman triathlete, through hiker, and trail runner. Did you have any races or adventures derailed by Covid-19? How are you adapting your plans?

Like so many athletes, I’ve had several races cancelled or rescheduled – I had a really busy spring planned, so four races were impacted between March and June. With all of the changes and everything being up in the air, I’m giving myself more flexibility to do the training that brings me joy and being less strict with my training schedule, while still building volume. I’m keeping it interesting completing challenges such as Santa Barbara VK or a virtual race – Ironman and USA Duathlon are offering several free options that keep things interesting.

My plan for the year had been to focus on running in the first part of the year, then shift to a triathlon focus leading up to Santa Barbara Triathlon. My husband and I then typically backpack in the fall, and we have a trip booked to trek the Haute Route from France to Switzerland, so right now we are playing the waiting game to see what happens and if we’ll be able to go. 
So now everything is all jumbled and pending, and I feel a bit adrift without a clear focus or goal to work towards. I really enjoy training for something, so until we know otherwise, I’ll start focused training in May for Santa Barbara Triathlon and Born to Run Ultra.

How is the SB Triathlon Club adapting to Covid-19 and how can people be involved?

Social Distancing is a huge challenge for a club focused on community! We’ve had to postpone so many of our annual events, and I really hope we’ll still be able to do them later in the year.

For now, we are trying to provide members with options and inspiration to stay active. Since we can’t hold our weekly track workouts, we send out a weekly interval/tempo run that people can do on their own and club leadership always has their ears open for challenges and virtual events that we can share with the club. 

We’re also encouraging members to socialize while social distancing via our Facebook Group, following and tagging #wearesbtri on Instagram and cheering for each other on Strava.

What were your thoughts on the SBVK and what advice do you have for people that attempt it?

The Santa Barbara VK was a great inspiration to get out on some trails I had never been on – and I can’t wait to go back and actually see Mission Falls since it was so foggy when we were up there. I’ll definitely be doing it again in the coming weeks… once my quads aren’t so sore!

My advice for those attempting it… don’t underestimate how taxing it’ll be going up – eat your calories and be sure to hydrate, especially if it’s a clear day, it’ll get hot. And then just enjoy it! It’s a good mix of road and trail terrain, so if you get sick of the boulder-y sections, just know there is some beautiful runnable trail up ahead. 

More information about Santa Barbara Triathlon Club can be found at Christine and her rescue dog Tessa’s adventures can be followed on Instagram @tine.n.tessa.
The On Cloudventure Peak shoes that Christine won can be found here Men/Women

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